Dwarf City

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - July 2012.

In Manila, the bustling, crowded capital of the Philippines, one marginalized group dreams of a place to call its own.

They call themselves the Little People Association of the Philippines, and for years they’ve been working to form their own community, a place made to their size where they can live and work independently, free of the discrimination that makes everyday life difficult.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - July 2012.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - July 2012.

Perry [Berry] conceived the idea of a community for little people, which he refers to as Dwarf City, in the late 1980s. Since then, dozens of families have joined the effort to make it a reality. He imagines the community will be made of homes built to look like mushrooms and shoes and that tourism could provide an income for the residents there.

Three years ago, an investor offered them land on the outskirts of Manila, but the plan fell through. Now, Calderon said, Berry is in talks with local authorities to try to secure cheap land in Metro Manila.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - July 2012.

Photographer Biel Calderon and journalist Eric San Juan via Slate.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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